At YMUN, each delegate will take part in a simulation of the United Nations or another international body and gain better insight into the subtleties of international affairs.
The wide range of YMUN committees will address pressing issues of global importance and provide original, compelling, and pertinent topics to suit each student’s interests. YMUN has five types of committees: General Assembly (GA), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Regional Bodies, Specialized Committees, and Crisis. Click each committee below to read more about the topic areas our Chairs have planned for YMUN XLIV.
New this year: una-usa Procedure, delegation awards, and crisis committees
YMUN XLIV will be using North American UNA-USA procedure.
UNA-USA Procedure structures debate through motions for either formal or informal debate. Initially, a speaker list is opened, followed by delegates voting and debating to set the agenda and choose a topic. For the chosen topic, delegates debate specific aspects and work together to write clauses in response. During formal debate (moderated caucuses), delegates make speeches and respond to questions in order to demonstrate their progress and knowledge to the committee. During unmoderated caucuses, delegates write clauses, debate the topics in smaller groups, and are free to move around to lobby and discuss ideas. Clauses are combined to create working papers, after which chairs help delegates edit and improve material. Upon acceptance as a draft resolution, delegates then debate on resolutions and vote. By the end of the conference, delegates will have improved their writing, public speaking, and debating skills.
YMUN will be featuring crisis committees.
Through a combination of creative story arcs and rigorous debate, YMUN's crisis committees this year offer a fresh approach to traditional Model UN. Rather than writing resolutions, delegates react to crises — both crisis director and delegate produced — through directives throughout the conference. Along with communicating through traditional notes, delegates write crisis notes to establish and develop crisis arcs. Crisis committees improve delegates' public speaking skills, debating skills, and multitasking skills. Smaller than other forms of committees, crisis delegates work independently on crises to achieve personal goals in addition to reacting to public crises as a collective committee. Crisis committees will be weighted when considering overall delegation awards.
International court of justice
YMUN XLIV will feature the International Court of Justice. In this unique judicial body, delegates will get the chance to debate a real contentious case in the ICJ and will serve as either advocates or judges. This committee will be assembled through applications.
Our New delegate Committee - the UN Children's Fund
For our new delegates, UNICEF is a committee that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and their mothers in developing countries. At YMUN, our committee will discuss two topics: public education and children refugees. These children can lack basic resources, education, and legal protection; UNICEF must make a plan to assist these children and improve their living conditions.
United Nations Security Council
For our most seasoned delegates, YMUN offers the application-based United Nations Security Council. UNSC provides delegates with the most dynamic committee experience: engage with the best delegates on the circuit, learn from our most experienced Chairs and debate in a high-intensity, high-stakes setting. To facilitate mentorship and the learning experience, this year’s UNSC committee will be Chaired in rotation by senior members of our Secretariat Committees team.
Admission into this committee will be competitive to ensure the highest quality debate and to encourage a deep focus in content-driven debate. UNSC awards will be weighted when considering overall delegation awards.
YMUN XLIV offers five application-only committees. The United Nations Security Council is encouraged for our most seasoned delegates. Admission into this committee will be selective to ensure debate of the highest quality. The deadline to apply for each committee is October 8, 2017. Apply here.
YMUN XLIV committee previews are now available. More information coming soon.
The General Assembly committees are the largest of YMUN and some of the most intense. This year's committees will be unprecedented in their scope and substance. In addition to requiring research from delegates, these committees will be the ultimate test of delegates' ability to share their ideas and work with other delegates. To ensure the best experience for delegates, GA committees will have a maximum of 100 delegates.
+ DISEC (Disarmament and International Security Committee)
Chairs: Harold Ekeh and Nicholas Religa
The First Committee on Disarmament and Security is a staple of the United Nations, and here at YMUN we are excited to continue on our tradition of high-quality debate and interesting issues.This year, DISEC will debate the impacts of influence in Europe, and how competition among ideals can be better utilized, combatted, and ultimately contained for a safer and stronger continent. Additionally, DISEC will discuss the incredibly-germane problem of terrorism on the African continent. As these groups begin to amass more power, both militarily and economically, more and more nations are drawn into the conflict. DISEC is looking forward to the arguments and solutions that delegates will bring to these topics this year!
+ ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Committee)
Chairs: Robert Denniston and Calvin Jahnke
The Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN) of the United Nations handles issues from macroeconomics to international cooperation and works closely with institutions such as the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As one of the major committees of the General Assembly, Article 13 of the UN Charter mandates that ECOFIN: “[promote] international co-operation in the political field ... [and promote] international co-operation in the economic, social, cultural, educational, and health fields” through debate and draft resolutions discussing international economics. This year at YMUN, ECOFIN will focus on 1) climate agreements, how they should be agreed upon and how they should be enforced economically, and 2) the economic viability and international effects of protectionism, especially concerning recent events in Europe and the United States.
+ SOCHUM (Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee)
Chairs: Canaan Harris and Julian Assele
The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (SOCHUM) deals with social, cultural, and humanitarian issues facing the international community. Its responsibilities include condemning human rights abuses, encouraging the proliferation of fundamental liberties, and protecting threatened or underserved groups throughout the world. To confront these issues, SOCHUM often works closely with the UN Human Rights Council. This year, YMUN’s SOCHUM Committee will focus on two related issues: Minority rights and security in the Syrian Civil War, and the European migrant crisis which has been exacerbated by the Syrian Civil War. SOCHUM delegates will discuss these interconnected problems in a large committee, which will allow for multinational discussion and negotiation, as well as a better understanding of how a crisis in one nation can affect many others.
+ SPECPOL (Special Political and Decolonization Committee)
Chairs: Dayo Gbadamosi and Ronny Choudhury
The General Assembly Fourth Committee, also known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, handles a wide variety of issues, from peacebuilding to the rights of self-governing territories. At this year’s YMUN, the Fourth Committee will be centered around promoting peace between Israel and Palestine, assisting Palestinian refugees on the ground, and preventing the continued settlements of Israelis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. At the same time, it will be the 4th’s responsibility to address the stability of South Sudan and the political and socioeconomic issues that persist between Sudan, South Sudan and the broader international community. SPECPOL is looking forward to engaging and comprehensive debate that will bring solutions to these pressing problems!
+ Legal Committee
Chair: Tim Ryan and Paul Banegura
The Legal committee is dedicated to pursuing and debating interesting topics within international legal frameworks. While delicate and intricate, YMUN consistently delivers an excellent Legal committee experience. This year, Legal will explore the loopholes and difficulties with prostitution across the globe. This committee will also discuss surveillance and how it persists across the globe. National sovereignty, punishments, and theoretical arguments will be a stable of the Legal committee in YMUN 44.
+ IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)
Chairs: Izak Epstein and Danny Rice
The International Atomic Energy Agency was formed in 1957 as an international organization designed to deal with the windfall of consequences of nuclear weapons. At YMUN 44, the IAEA will focus on the proliferation of nuclear weapons. While only a few nations currently possess the technology to launch a nuclear strike, further nuclear proliferation has always been a global fear. Additionally, the IAEA will examine the effects of nuclear energy and climate change. With fossil fuels becoming increasingly rare and more dangerous, the world must turn to an increased use in nuclear energy. This committee will explore how the international community can establish peaceful energy programs incapable of weaponization and how the UN can slow the effects of climate change.
+ SCSD (Special Committee on Sustainable Development)
Chairs: Mylinh He and Ying Zheng
This Special Committee within the larger United Nations has been called together to address the increasing need for creating sustainable infrastructure and promoting safe environmental practices worldwide. Sustainability takes many forms - government policy, social movements, business deals, each of which is crucial to promoting a sustainable 21st century. This year, the Special Committee on Sustainable Development will focus on two very important issues. First, delegates will address the environmental impact of the food industry worldwide and propose solutions and regulations that will help provide food to the most amount of people with the least environmental drawback. Second, this committee will work to protect natural resources while promoting urbanization. Rapidly expanding countries like China and India struggle to maintain a positive environmental impact due to over-urbanization and pollution, a problem this committee intends to solve.
+ Historical General Assembly 1955
Chairs: Nicholas Pham and Matthew Pettus
The Historical General Assembly of 1955 is YMUN’s first ever historical GA committee, and is tasked with addressing a range of issues from the 20th century. The goal here is to change the course of history, preferably for the better. Occurring 10 years after the establishment of the United Nations, this governing body of the UN will focus on two specific topics. Firstly, the Historical GA will work with the World Health Organization to combat a significant infectious disease: malaria. In 1955, the WHO implemented their Global Malaria Eradication Campaign, which subsequently failed in 1969. We need to determine the causes for its failure and either propose new resolutions and modifications, or create a new campaign, all in the name of swift efficiency. Our second topic will cover the Korean question and how to best stabilize a country torn apart and left with many questions about the uncertain future. In 1955, the United Nations GA worked diligently to deal with the aftermath of the Korean war and looks towards reaching a resolution for unifying the split country.
Economic and Social Councils
The ECOSOCs are mid-sized committees (maximum 80 delegates) that offer a middle ground between the intimate, intense settings of the smaller committees and the diverse, dynamic nature of larger committees. This year, we are featuring many new ECOSOC committees that broaden the range of issues to involve human rights protections, scientific advancement, criminal justice and economic development. Delegates will challenge each other to think deeply about resolving not only global concerns, but also individual nations’ roles in an increasingly global world.
+ WHO (World Health Organization)
Chairs: William Cheung & Monica Trallieno
The health of those forced to flee is a major priority in the healthcare community as these groups represent some of our most vulnerable populations. How should we address the challenges of providing immunization, nutritional support, control of communicable diseases, reproductive health measures, and public health surveillance for these populations? How can we promote health literacy to promote positive health outcomes in the long-term for refugees?
Access to proper sanitation facilities is a crucial component of public health, for improper sanitation facilities fuels a cycle of disease, poverty, and death. WHO has pledged its commitment to reducing the 842,000 annual deaths due to lack of proper sanitation. How can we ensure that this is completed in a timely manner? How can foreign organizations conduct projects while remaining cognizant of local culture and tradition? What is the importance of education campaigns and where are they best suited?
+ UNEP (UN Environment Programme)
Chairs: Eric Foster and Michael Michaelson
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is tasked with safeguarding our planet for future generations, focusing on policy work in developing countries. Without the strong, steady hand of UNEP guiding global environmental policy, other committees would become irrelevant as Earth’s societies descended into all-out war for survival on its already-taxed resources, emphasizing UNEP’s importance within the UN. This year’s UNEP at YMUN will focus on 1) the policy of a global carbon cap, which would limit carbon emissions worldwide to reduce global warming, and 2) the problem of climate refugees who are forced out of their homelands by the changing climate. UNEP delegates will thus be offered the chance to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems in a high-impact, high-energy committee.
+ UN WOMEN
Chairs: Mandy Teheri, Rebecca Persson, and Mike Yoon
UN Women is tasked with gender equality and the empowerment of women. For this year’s conference, we will be discussing women with HIV/AIDs and the role of women in peacebuilding. HIV/AIDs is an issue that is as pressing as ever. In 2015, there were over 17.8 million women living with HIV, comprising of 51% of adults living with HIV. In addition, HIV/AIDs is the leading cause of death for reproductive women. Coming up with solutions for this epidemic is an important as ever. In peacebuilding, women are often denied meaningful participation even though they are half of the world’s population. While they are often marginalized, the impact of armed conflict on them is great. Delegates will need to work together to find ways to solve how women can play a role in peacebuilding.
+ UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees)
Chairs: Isa Magraner and Sam Cummings
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is tasked to protect and support the rights of refugees. A stateless person is one who is not considered a citizen of any country. Due to their lack of citizenship, these estimated 10 million people worldwide lack the benefits of citizenship, and therefore often have trouble obtaining necessities like food, water, and other basic services. Stateless people’s plights are magnified because they often are living in nations that completely deny responsibility for their care. The UNHCR has the goal of ending statelessness by 2024, a tall task as it will require active participation by states that may be against the idea. In addition, the topic of refugee trafficking will also be discussed in this committee. The recent refugee crisis has many consequences, one of them being the increase of people at risk of being trafficked. This committee will delve into potential roadblocks and work towards, or possibly against, the UNHCR’s vision of creating a world in which all people have the opportunity to be part of a state, and also to work towards potential solutions to refugee trafficking.
+ UNESCO (UN Economic, Social, and Cultural Organization)
Chairs: Adam Michalowski and Robert Proner
UNESCO is an essential United Nations body which deals with the delicate topics of education, science, and culture. Tasked with the recognition and preservation of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO is responsible for bringing international respect to the beacons of the world's myriad cultures. As we live in a time where the world is seeing increased violence and chaos, UNESCO must approach the question of how to preserve these World Heritage Sites so that destructive conflict does not erase them from the map. On the constructive side, states must grapple with how to invest in their scientific and innovative sectors. With funding for scientific research being increasingly politicized, how will the values of a member state shape the national and international resources given to advances in the sciences?
+ UNICEF (UN Children's Fund) - Our New Delegate Committee
Chairs: Kelsi Caywood and Jason Hu
For all first-time MUN-ers, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is the committee dedicated to helping new delegates discover Model UN in a unique way. UNICEF provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and their mothers in developing countries. At YMUN, our committee will discuss two topics: public education and children refugees. Because education is a basic human right, UNICEF must analyze the state of public education across the globe, particularly with regard to access and quality, in order to create innovative solutions. Compounding this lack of education, many children are also refugees due to various conflicts around the world and poor living conditions. These children can lack basic resources, education, and legal protection; UNICEF must make a plan to assist these children and improve their living conditions.
+ UNHCT (UN High Commission on Technology)
Chairs: Lauren Ribordy and Justin Jin
In recent years, technology has evolved faster than ever before, accelerating at a pace beyond any other comparable period in human history, thrusting the world into one brave new world after another. Technologies that may reshape the world, and issues that could only have been dreamed of by delegates of past commissions. To prevent a new Wild West from blossoming as companies explore space, and to rein in national and corporate violations of privacy, there must be ground rules, or at the least guidelines, to follow. Our committee will address these topics and produce a comprehensive series of guidelines for both guaranteeing the rights of individuals and developing the worldwide infrastructure needed for those guarantees.
+ Human Rights Council
Chairs: Julia Zhu and Alexandra Lanier
The Human Rights Council is responsible for overseeing, promoting, and protecting human rights around the world. This year, the Human Rights Council will focus on human rights of persons with disabilities, which include protecting the civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights of persons with disabilities. Another focus is on the right to food for the poor. Climate change and other factors have impacted people’s right to food. The poor are especially prone to food insecurity, due to lack of resources. Both of these are important topics that the Human Rights Council will discuss this year.
Regional Bodies represent a fresh style of committee – small-to-medium sized, each with their own regional focus – that surely won’t disappoint. Featuring both traditional and non-traditional UN committees, this year’s Regional Bodies will undoubtedly keep delegates on their toes as they are confronted with some of the most pressing issues of past history and the modern day specific to particular regions. Our seven incredible Regional Bodies are distinct in their focus, select in their representation, and direct in their goal.
+ ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
Chair: William Yang and Kishore Chundi
ASEAN is a coalition of countries within Asia who are motivated to improve the region. At YMUN 44, this committee will discuss religious and ethnic minorities in Southeast Asia. The ethnic and religious minorities of Southeast Asia contribute to the diversity and vitality of the region. They also reflect the unique history of the region and the many cultural influences it bears as a result of its history. Nevertheless, there are trenchant issues relating to how such minorities are treated. ASEAN will also explore the complex problem of Chinese expansionism. While difficult to navigate and even more difficult to solve, ASEAN must tackle this issue with vigor and brainstorm creative solutions to help every nation in the region.
+ AU (African Union)
Chairs: Brian Dolan and Mbella Beseka
The African Union is a body of many African countries that work to promote stability, peace, and prosperity across the continent. At YMUN 44, this committee will discuss militias in the Central African Republic. These groups are dangerous and have grown and expanded past the point of a domestic problem. The AU will also attempt to tackle the long-standing issue with piracy off the coasts of the continent. Pirates affect civilians, military personnel, and the entire economy and relations of the continent, so this problem has to be solved as soon as possible.
+ Arab League
Chairs: Sophia Carpentier and Surbhi Bharadawj
The refugee and migration crisis may be one of the most discussed topics by the nations of the Arab League. However, the people in question are not simply Arabs fleeing war and conflict for Europe. Many Sub-Saharan Africans also seek entry to Europe for safety and economic reasons, and enter into North African countries of the Arab League as a stepping stone of this journey. Some make the final leg of the journey to Europe, but many can not, leaving them stuck with nowhere to go and nowhere to return to. This committee explores the underlying causes of this issue, as well as the current struggle of individuals living in this situation. Additionally, it will look into past and current policies pertinent to this issue.
+ OAS (Organization of American States)
Chairs: Jane Irons and Joshua Hill
The Organization of American States is an intranational group that spans 2 continents in the Western hemisphere. At YMUN 44, this committee will discuss the Northern Triangle countries which contain especially strong presences of high profile drug trafficking organizations like Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel because large volumes of narcotics are transported through the region to the United States, including the bulk of the world’s cocaine. In addition to drug trafficking, these groups also extort residents and engage in other forms of violence. Governments are generally either too weak or too corrupt to control the gangs, though they have attempted a few strategies. In addition, the OAS will discuss economic integration across the region. The International Money Fund's 2017 Cluster Report states that "LAC [Latin America and the Caribbean] can reap important growth benefits from further trade integration. With trade integration below that of other regions, there is scope for LAC to increase trade as an engine of growth and help offset the weaker economic outlook without adversely affecting overall income inequality." OAS member states will only benefit from pursuing integration and finding solutions to the many problems that they face is a matter of great urgency.
+ European Central Bank (ECB)
The European Central Bank is responsible for the monetary policy of the entire eurozone, making it one of the most important global financial institutions. Delegates will not represent countries but instead individuals from each one of the ECB’s 19 states, as well as the members of the Executive Board. YMUN 44 has designed the ECB committee for advanced delegates, so if you have an interest in monetary policy, price stabilization, or European markets, please consider applying!
+ NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Chairs: Kellen Silver and Malcolm Miller
In the 1990s, as the world hurtles towards the new millennium, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is one of the world’s foremost international organizations. Originally founded to ward off Soviet aggression during the Cold War through the promise of mutual defense and robust strategic capabilities, NATO has evolved into an organization focused more on intervention than defense as it has shaken off the constraints of its original purpose in the wake of the recent collapse of the Soviet Union. Although it principally champions the interests of the United States of America (perhaps unfairly, in the eyes of its lesser members), with the Iron Curtain gone and the West no longer in need of a single hegemonic power, the organization has, as a whole, become more amenable to cooperative multilateral action. However, a new challenge has begun to arise as tensions flare in the Balkans, with a wave of conflict resulting in wars in both in Bosnia and Kosovo. This committee will prominently feature the debates on the role of international organizations and the quandaries that come with humanitarian intervention.
+ Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
Chairs: Catherine Falls and Katherine Kidney
Specialized Committees at YMUN give students an opportunity to discuss topics in an engaging, imaginative, spontaneous and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. One of the main unique qualities of specialized committees is that, with an average of 20 delegates, they are much smaller than General Assemblies, ECOSOCs and Regional Bodies. This small atmosphere leads to very lively debates, which force delegates to react quickly and engage fully in the topics being discussed. YMUN XLIV’s Specialized Committees cover a wide range of topics, time periods and regions.
+ Chinese Politboro 2017
Chairs: Joyce Ho and Michael Huang
Beginning as early as the late 1970s, the Chinese Communist Party has slowly but surely advocated for the development of Western China, particularly in the province of XinJiang. This economic development, however, has only exacerbated inequalities between the Han majority and Uighur minority. In fact, many have accused the government of using these new initiatives as a means to reassert the dominance of the Communist Party and to suppress any form of dissent. This cabinet will work together to form resolutions that accommodate both parties’ interests in terms of further economic development and the preservation of minorities’ land and rights. Sovereignty disputes are key national security issues that threaten China’s territorial integrity and national security. Disputes with Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S. over islands in the East and South China Seas (for example, the Diaoyu Islands and South China Sea’s Spratlys) contribute to military gamesmanship or worse, risk military confrontation. As such, addressing these issues involves delicate decision-making. The committee will cooperate to draft plans and contingency plans that not only maintain China’s interests in the area but also address these specific national security concerns.
+ National Assembly of Pakistan
Chairs: Sonny Stephens and Michelle Santos
Since the 1947 partition of India, Pakistan has engaged in a territorial conflict with India over the northern region of Kashmir. After fighting three wars with India over the past 70 years, Pakistan currently administers Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. However, Pakistan also claims Jammu and the Kashmir Valley, regions which are majority Muslim. While violence in the region has generally declined in the 21st century, there has been recent anti-Indian protests in reaction to Hindu nationalism, human rights abuses, and the death of a Mujahideen commander by Indian security forces. The National Assembly of Pakistan seeks to pass resolutions that will lower tensions in the region while simultaneously restoring human rights and combatting extremism. The National Assembly of Pakistan will also tackle economic development this year. Reviewing Pakistan’s foreign relations with China and other nations will be essential to promoting the country’s economy including its employment and infrastructure growth. In addition, national security plays an important role in attracting foreign investment. The delegates of this committee will be tasked with implementing policies to support Pakistan as an emerging market.
+ Cabinet of Fidel Castro, 1959
Chairs: Linette Rivera and Christian Wolpert Gaztambide
Spanish version: La Revolución Cubana fue uno de los acontecimientos más importantes en el desarrollo de las Américas despues de la Segunda Mundial y la Guerra Fría. La victoria final de Fidel Castro y sus "Barbudos", al igual que la huida de Batista y el apoyo estadounidense fueron piezas centrales en una saga que casi llevó a la extinción de la raza humana. En este dinámico comité, los delegados formarán parte del grupo más íntimo de consejeros a Fidel Castro en su cruzada para rehabilitar a su patria, que tanto sufrió por la corrupción y el imperialismo. Los temas a discutirse son: Tema A) Reformas Domésticas, o sea, los cambios económicos, políticos y sociales que tendrían que ocurrir para lograr el proyecto de Castro. Tema B ) Reconocimiento Internacional donde se discutirá como el régimen de Castro buscará obtener el aval de las potencias mundiales del momento al igual que busca definir su relación con las demás naciones del mundo.
English version: The Cuban Revolution was perhaps one of the most important events in the development of the Americas-- with the exception of World War II and the Cold War. The victory of Fidel Castro and his “Barbudos” along with both Batista’s escape and the lack of American support were key pieces in the Cold War saga that almost lead to the extinction of the human race. In this dynamic committee, delegates will form part of Fidel Castro’s most intimate group of advisors and will join him in his crusades to rehabilitate Cuba from the effects of corruption and imperialism. The topics discussed in committee are the following: Topic A) Domestic Reforms that must encompass all the economic, political and social changes that need to occur in Cuba in order to achieve Castro’s vision. Topic B) International Recognition where the committee will discuss how Castro’s regime will search for the approval from world powers while simultaneously defining the island’s relationship with the rest of the globe.
+ Press Corps
Chair: Anastasia Posnova
Press Corps’ delegates will have a unique opportunity to engage with all YMUN committees and learn about a plethora of issues, topics, and international debates. Press Corps will work with other delegates, chairs, and even guest speakers to deliver content covering the work of different committees — from news stories to more analytical articles. Ultimately, Press Corps will be the committee that connects delegates within the conference and delivers much-needed information and analysis to all member nations of the UN.
+ International Court of Justice
Chairs: Anjali Bery, Jack Hilder, and Viktor Dimas
In the ICJ committee at YMUN XLIV, delegates will engage in thoughtful debate on one of the International Court of Justice’s most contentious cases in years: Illegal Detention of Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, as the case was termed in India’s original application, in May of 2017. In this case, the Indian Subcontinent’s two nuclear-armed powers are facing off over the imprisonment and sentencing to death of Jadhav, an Indian naval veteran convicted in Pakistani court of spying for his home country against its unfriendly neighbor. The case brings to light powerful questions about the applicability of international law in domestic trials, the validity of a fair trial in a foreign country as a human right, and the interaction between geopolitics, espionage, and law. Delegates will have a chance to demonstrate their argumentative skills in a passionate environment, unique in model U.N, as they discover the thrills of the international community’s highest judicial body.
+ The Oslo Accords 1993
Chairs: Daniel Yadin
The Oslo Accords, the secret peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), represented a defining moment in the history of the Middle East. With the 1993 issuing of the Letters of Mutual Recognition, both parties accepted the other’s legitimacy for the first time, and the table was set for negotiations that could bring peace to one of the world’s most volatile regions. In this committee, delegates will represent Israelis, Palestinians, and international facilitators who will engage in intense negotiations that will reconcile the conflicting goals of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, ensure Israel’s security, and bring self-rule to the Palestinian people. The topics discussed in committee are as follows: A) The status of Jerusalem, where delegates will discuss what, exactly, to do about the world’s holiest city, which is claimed by both Israel and the PLO as their respective nation’s capital and is a hotpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. B) The Palestinian right of return, where delegates will consider what it means to be a refugee, to what rights refugees are entitled, and how Israel must respond to the millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants who desire to return to historic Palestine, on which the State of Israel now stands.
+ Historic Security Council
Chairs: David Jiang and Aman Kabeer
New This Year: Crisis Committees
Crisis committees are new to YMUN this year, arriving finally after popular demand. We are eager to offer 6 engaging committees, focusing on creative problem solving on both an independent and collective basis. With less than 20 delegates, crisis committees are suitable for dedicated delegates who are looking to get the most out of their committee experience.
+ UNSC (United Nations Security Council)
The United Nations Security Council is the only committee in the United Nations with the ability to impose sanctions and/or military action against member states in the case of urgent international crises. This fast-paced, intense committee will deal with the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, engendering an understanding of the Korean conflict as well as general nuclear politics, as well as the situation in Haiti, specifically dealing with the questions of military occupation, return to constitutional normalcy, the eradication of disease, and the specter of sexual abuse by peacekeeping forces. Delegates in this committee will have to work within their country’s policy and the committee’s mandate to solve some of the world’s fast-developing international security crises.
+ Palestinian Joint Government Cabinet
The Palestinian Joint Government Cabinet brings together major players in Palestinian politics and civil society in the near future. The crisis-driven committee will explore the course that a fledgling unified Palestinian government will need to chart in order to strengthen Palestinian civil society against external and internal threats alike. Parties included in the unified government include Fatah, Hamas, PFLP, DFLP, and Islamic Jihad. Despite the premise of a unified government, these Palestinian parties will need to navigate the deeply divisive socioeconomic and ideological differences that have driven the Palestinian civil war of the past decade, as well as contend with the nuances of the ongoing and deep-rooted conflict between Palestine and Israel.
+ Irish Resistance
It is January 21, 1919. You are a part of the breakaway government of Ireland that just declared independence from Great Britain. You and your fellow cabinet members, comprising of Sinn Féin, the Irish Republican Party, and the Irish Republican Army, are now tasked with defending that declaration against British reprisals and attempts to reassert its dominance over your homeland. Simultaneously, you must successfully govern the country you claim to represent and control your own supporters who may be further antagonizing London. The future of your fledgling nation, oppressed religion, and impoverished populace rest upon your pen and rifle.
+ Climate Change Crisis Council
In 2017, amongst the growing threat of climate change, world leaders made a secret pact. Worried about the future of the planet, these leaders created a plan that might save the earth if climate change ever threatened to make it uninhabitable. Now it’s 2300 and top scientists have just determined that the earth will be sustainable for just 50 more years given the current trend. And, unbeknownst to the world’s 12 billion population, the terms of the pact have just been fulfilled. As the world leaders in 2017 determined, a new international committee is being formed. More powerful than all the world’s governments, this committee has the power to determine the future of the planet. Members of the committee will have to respond to the threats of climate change in order to save our planet from the damage humans have brought upon it.
+ 1950 Plenum of the Central Committee
The 1950’s in China was the beginning of the Mao Era, when the country had finally gained independence and was under the guidance of the Great Helmsman, Mao Zedong. Big decisions were being made, but also little ones that would have a lasting impact, such as choosing national symbols, building monuments, and redesigning the capital. This is your chance to act as a founding Party member and design the future of China for all of its inhabitants.
+ JCC: Ukrainian Crisis
Due to the nature of Ad-Hoc committees, no information will be available until a few days before the conference. This committee is designed for the most advanced delegates.
At YMUN, we encourage all delegates to submit position papers to their Committee Chairs before the first committee session. To receive feedback from chairs, each delegate is responsible for submitting one position paper for each of the committee's topics by the January 8th, 2018 deadline. Your Chair emails can be found in your committee's delegate guide. Please do not hesitate to contact your Chairs or firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.